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City council members react to Willie Lovett's indictments

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

More city council members are reacting to Thursday's bombshell, as former SCMPD Chief Willie Lovett was indicted in federal court on illegal gambling and extortion charges.

Most of the alderman that spoke on Friday did not want to comment or go on the record, but it was clear from the ones who did speak that the focus is on moving forward.

Lovett has been indicted on federal charges related to his involvement in an illegal gambling business, taking bribes from the other two defendants in this case to protect their business.

On Thursday Lovett pleaded not guilty to the seven counts, but on Friday, the bad taste still lingered in the mouths of some city leaders, and it's clear they want to put this behind them.

"Very mad and very disappointed at Chief Lovett," said city council member Mary Ellen Sprague. "He was put into a position of power and authority. Think putting themselves as leaders have a moral responsibility to be upright, to have character, to be honest and straight forward. He was put into a position of power and trust, and he misused that."

"Moving forward, it's all the more important that we remain focused," said Alderman at Large Carolyn Bell. "And we remain very concerned about what our primary role is. We are responsible. The citizens depend on us to make sure this community is safe."

Several aldermen declined to comment or echoed what the mayor released in a statement and did not want to go on camera, however, Alderman John Hall said this entire ordeal has saddened him and he hopes it gets resolved soon.

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